So you have your Woollinn tickets, your bags are packed, and all of your WIPs are tucked away ready for prime festival knitting and/or crocheting. What next? It’s time to start thinking about food, glorious food, obviously! 

Where are you going to find your precious (but oh so necessary) cup of coffee in the morning? Or where do you go to grab a delicious lunch while you rest your feet after perusing the aisles of fibre goodness? What about dinner with your new and old yarn festival friends?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we will explore a handful of local cafés and restaurants in Dún Laoghaire – all within a 15 minute walking radius of Woollinn’s venue, The Royal Marine Hotel! 


Breakfast at Woollinn

mug filled with coffee beans sitting in a pile of coffee beans

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First thing’s first: Where can you get a good cup of coffee near the Woollinn venue? Check out TWOBEANS (9-minute walk) where their coffee beans are carefully sourced from Colombia, Costa Rica, and Rwanda, and they only use organic Irish milk to support local Irish dairy farmers. There’s nothing like getting your caffeine fix before a full day of yarn!

plate of scones with ramekins of jam and cream

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Check out The White Tea Cafe (3-minute walk) for breakfast or brunch with a side of vintage vibes in this cute and quirky cafe just a stone’s throw away from The Royal Marine Hotel. The scones look divine!


Lunch at Woollinn

It’s time for lunch, so why not head down to the award-winning Fallon & Byrne in the People’s Park (6-minute walk) for a fantastic meal made with fresh Irish ingredients? You can sit outside in the summer sun and enjoy views of the sea and the park, whilst treating yourself to a slice of cake and a maybe even an afternoon cocktail! They also have a vegan menu.

plate of sushi with chopsticks

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Looking for something different? What about sushi? Michi Sushi is only a 6-minute walk from the Woollinn venue. An award-winning restaurant, this spot might be just what you need to refuel for workshops, yarn squishing, and socialising.


Dinner at Woollinn

At the end of a long day at a fibre festival with workshops, perusing the booths filled to the brim with yarn and accessories, and making new friends, it’s time to think about dinner.  Why not check out The Gourmet Food Parlour (5-minute walk)? They offer quite a range of menus all day, from breakfast to brunch to lunch and dinner. I think you deserve to kick back, relax with a glass of wine, and split a charcuterie board with friends while you knit the evening away!

close up of two glasses of white wine sitting next to each other

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If you are feeling a little more adventurous, check out The Purty Kitchen (14-minute walk or a 4-minute walk from the Salthill & Monkstown Dart Station) whose history dates all the way back to 1728! Here, you can have dinner with a show, or just dinner. Check out their events calendar on their website to see what’s on.


Dessert at Woollinn

hand holding vanilla ice cream cone with chocolate flake with sea in background

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What better way to cap off your day than with a sweet treat. Head over to Scrumdiddly’s (8-minute walk) for an enticing ice cream cone or a milkshake, or perhaps a nice stroll on the Dún Laoghaire pier with a 99 from the famous Teddy’s (8-minute walk). What is a 99 you ask? A 99 is just a soft-serve ice cream cone with a Cadbury chocolate flake inserted!

This is just a small taste of what Dún Laoghaire restaurants and cafes have to offer. Please note that it is advisable to make reservations where appropriate as you don’t want to be left waiting for a table when your stomach is grumbling!

Do you have a favourite secret spot to eat in Dún Laoghaire?

Let us know in the comments if we missed something that you think everyone visiting absolutely must know about!